Parliament, on Monday, passed a resolution calling on the Prosecutor General and the Supreme Court to review the terrorism conviction on former President Mohamed Nasheed.
The resolution was passed with 57 votes in favour while nine members out of the total 66 votes, voted against it. The resolution was submitted by North Galolhu MP and Nasheed’s cousin Eva Abdulla.
Meanwile Supreme Court had halted Nasheed’s conviction on October 30, after the Prosecutor General requested the apex court to review Nasheed’s guilty verdict. Supreme Court’s order requested state authorities not to take any action against Nasheed until it reviews his verdict as requested by the PG’s office.
The resolution calling to free Nasheed stated that his conviction was in violation of the Constitution and international treaties signed by the Maldives. The resolution also called on authorities to review the cases of others convicted unjustly following politically motivated trials.
Nasheed was convicted of terrorism charges and given a 13-year prison sentence on March 13, 2015 for arresting former Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed during his regime.
The Criminal Court bench had stated that at the time of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdullah Mohamed's arrest by Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), Nasheed was the highest commander of the force. As such, he was implicit and a party to that crime and therefore, should serve a 13 year jail term for the crime.